Balanced Budget Amendments

Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials

Wisconsin State Journal, Nov. 7<p>Keep your hands off the U.S. Constitution<p>America doesn't need an unprecedented and dangerous constitutional convention …

Gun Control

Sorry, But American Democracy Is Still Edging Closer to Disaster

Charles P. PierceWisconsin became the 28th state to back a constitutional convention.

Government

These 270 Congressional Republicans once wanted to outlaw their own tax cut legislation

For decades, support for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget has been a basic tenet of the Republican Party. Just last …

Liberal View

The Latest: Wisconsin Senate OKs constitutional convention

The Latest on the Wisconsin Senate's drive to call for a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution (all times local):<p>6:25 p.m.<p>The state …

Business

Republicans in Congress are becoming Democrats when it comes to spending

What does it mean to be a fiscal conservative? The Republican Party is struggling to answer the question.<p>Just last week, the House passed a hurricane …

National Flood Insurance Program

Time to rewrite the Constitution?

Last month, representatives from 22 states gathered in Arizona to plan the nation’s first constitutional convention since 1787.<p>Delegates railed …

Government

The Record Surge In Our National Debt Is An Urgent Wake-Up Call For American Families

With little notice, our national debt recently surged to a historic record – an eye-popping 20 trillion dollars. Yet chances are few Americans noticed. Most of us went about our business, unaware of this unprecedented economic time bomb that has put our children’s future, and their children’s …

Opinion

State Legislators Preparing Rules For Constitutional Convention

“What we have right now is 27 states ..."<p>Politicians and ordinary citizens have long lamented the country’s growing debt. U.S. debt now stands at …

Conservative View

Let court decide if Pa. officials broke the law with an unbalanced budget

In the 1993 film <i>The Firm</i>, a young lawyer played by Tom Cruise famously asks his legal mentor how far he wants the law bent. “As far as you can …

Government

GOP lawmakers push balanced budget mandate in Constitution

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican lawmakers from 19 states are trying to develop a plan in Arizona this week for carrying out a growing, but unlikely, national effort to amend the Constitution to require a balanced U.S. budget, a long-held goal of conservatives who believe out-of-control spending is …

Business

Article V convention of states planning underway in Arizona

Article V convention planning underway in Arizona<p>Posted September 12, 2017 07:09 PM by Chris Pandolfo<p>Billion Photos | Shutterstock<p>Font Size<br>• A<br>• A<br>• A<p>Print …

Conservative View

State Delegates Meet this Week to Plan Altering the U.S. Constitution

×<p>U.S. Air Force<p>State lawmakers and other delegates from across the country are gathering in Phoenix this week, at the invitation of the state of …

Liberal View

House passes $15.25 billion hurricane aid package with short-term government funding, debt-ceiling increase

CLOSE<p>The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says U.S. officials are preparing a massive response to Hurricane Irma, which is set to hit …

National Flood Insurance Program

Graphs And Corruption: The Swamp And How To Drain It

Corruption is a worldwide phenomenon, but it has reached distressing proportions in the US government, and people are upset about it.<p>The country is …

Business

GOP Budget: Deficit Spending 'a Sin;' We'll Do It 9 More Years

Posted: Aug 02, 2017 12:01 AM<p>The House Budget Committee has approved a budget that declares deficit spending "a sin," makes a powerful case for why …

Economics

GOP Congressman Gives THIS Assessment About the State of the Republican Party

Rep. Ken Buck has declared that the Republican Party is dead.<p>“At one time, the blood of the people coursed through its veins, enlivening the party …

Conservative View

Colorado GOP rep declares: ‘The Republican Party is dead’

A Republican congressman from Colorado on Monday declared that the Republican Party is "dead," arguing the part "no longer has a vision for a better …

Republicans

Inside ALEC And The Corporate Push For A Constitutional Convention

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, had its 44th annual conference in Denver last week, and just as she’s done since 2013, Wisconsin …

Government

It Looks Like the Kochs' Dream of a Right-Wing Constitutional Convention Has Been Roadblocked

This year's legislative season saw a strong push in the states from right-wing groups, bankrolled by the Koch brothers and other ultra-conservative …

Government

The Koch Brothers Want To Rewrite The Constitution. They May Succeed.

The Wisconsin Assembly votes Wednesday on whether to call for a convention to change the U.S. Constitution. While that in itself is surprising — the …

Government

How Conservatives Are Trying to Rewrite the Constitution

If just four more state legislatures pass resolutions calling for a constitutional convention, the United States Constitution could change—and …

Constitutional Law

A Constitutional Amendment That Would Drain the Swamp

Congressional reform begins with stopping Congress from spending us into oblivion—and that begins with a balanced budget amendment to the …

Government

How States Are Trying to Force Federal Government to Control Spending

Georgia state Rep. Paulette Rakestraw helped lead her state to be the first to join a formal interstate compact to push the federal government to …

Conservative View

Kochs Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitution

A constitutional convention, something thought impossible not long ago, is looking increasingly likely. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, if …

Government

The GOP Entitlement Caucus

The Freedom Caucus wastes the best shot at fiscal restraint in years.<p>The full dimensions of the GOP’s self-defeat on health care will emerge over time, but one immediate consequence is giving up block grants for Medicaid. This transformation would have put the program on a budget for the first time …

Opinion

While we obsess over Trump, the Kochs quietly fund project to rewrite the Constitution

Donald Trump is providing the perfect cover for the billionaire Koch Brothers to enact their most villainous plan yet — permanently altering the …

Government

Legit, This Should Scare The Bejesus Out Of You.

Government

Kochs Bankroll Movement to Rewrite the Constitution

A constitutional convention, something thought impossible not long ago, is looking increasingly likely. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, if …

Government

Flynn: Wisconsin legislators put constitutional rights at risk

A constitutional convention is unlikely to call it quits after a single amendment when there is nothing to stop it.<p>A well-funded national campaign to …

Government

Wisconsin GOP moving to call for constitutional convention

Republican legislators want to make Wisconsin the 29th state to call for a convention to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, …

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